Your household drainage system – whether it be the sewer pipes in the ground, the wastewater pipes that carry excess water away from your home, or an entire septic tank system in some cases – is a vital part of your plumbing. If it breaks down, you could find yourself with expensive repairs and having to replace parts of your property that are damaged by leaking waste. So, how do you know if there’s a problem? The first sign might just be a bad smell coming from somewhere in your house or around waste management areas such as drains outside or in the garden. However, there are other reasons why these systems may break down too so here are some tips on what to look out for:
Have your drains cleaned
You should also have your drains cleaned by a professional every year. This will ensure that they are in good condition and clear of any debris that could potentially cause problems later on. If you have pipes made of cast iron, stainless steel, or copper, it is important to make sure that you have them inspected regularly because these materials tend to corrode over time.
You can clean your drains using simple products such as baking soda and vinegar. These are both natural cleaners that work well at breaking down grease buildups in pipes while being gentle enough not to damage the material itself or cause damage to your pipes if accidentally splashed on them (like bleach would). You can also use drain openers like Drano or caustic chemicals such as lye which will dissolve even the toughest clogs but may take longer than other methods because they must soak into the clog before breaking it up so make sure you give yourself enough time before running into work/school/etc.
Keep your gutters clean with leaves, twigs, and other debris
- Keeping your gutters clean is a good way to avoid blockages and keep the flow of water moving smoothly. You should check them regularly to ensure they’re free of leaves, twigs and other debris that might have blown into them.
- If you don’t have a leaf blower, you can use a ladder to clean out your gutters by hand. Be sure to wear gloves when doing this so as not to hurt yourself on any sharp edges or splinters in the gutter!
- If you’re unsure where cleaning supplies are located in your home or whether there are any safety precautions for using them near children or pets, ask an adult for help with this project instead!
Clean septic tanks at least once every two years
When it comes to your septic tank, the more you know about how it works and what can go wrong with it, the better. Knowing how to take care of your drainage system will keep your home safe from damage and also save money on repairs.
If you’re ever planning on moving or selling your house, this is something that will come up during the inspection process—and those inspectors are not messing around! Their job is to make sure everything is up-to-code before giving out a passing grade on such important matters as these. So if they spot something amiss in your septic tank?
Use drain covers in sinks to prevent blockage
Use a drain cover to prevent blockage. Drain covers are easy to install and inexpensive, plus they come in a variety of materials, colours, and shapes. You can choose from plastic or metal covers, which you can find at your local home improvement store or online retailer.
Keep garbage out of the sink by using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals keep food scraps from going down the drain by grinding them up into tiny bits that pass through into your septic system.
Drainage systems are an important part of any home, and they can be damaged by a variety of factors. Roots, blockages, leaks, and bad weather can all cause damage to your drainage system. The cost of repairing this damage is expensive; if you take care of your system now, you won’t have to pay for it later.